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Nutrition Vs Pills: The Ideal Path To Wellness

The time has come for us to become more responsible regarding our well-being by embracing healthy eating habits, with nutrition being the number one priority, and focus on progressing towards global wellness

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With our lives getting busier and stress levels increasing with every passing moment, we seem to be neglecting our own health and wellness. In fact, this growing apathy towards our health has become one of the most pressing issues of our generation.

Additionally, popping pills seems to be the go-to solution for every health issue these days and has gone beyond simply being a way to cure illnesses. It has now become a quick solution for acne, menstrual discomfort, diabetes, stomach issues, deficiencies, insomnia, acidity, anxiety, thyroid, PCOD or even the recently addressed concern regarding chronic depression. We tend to be more drawn towards instant gratification rather than focusing on the real remedy that works wonders in the long run; eating right.

In the olden days, great heed was paid to consuming a sumptuous meal with all essential nutrients required to maintain one's health and overall well-being. The daily diet was better planned and executed when compared to today, and our busy life compels us to not just eat at odd timings, but also indulge in unhealthy items such as junk food or ready-to-eat and frozen food that do more harm than good to our body.

At the end of the day, we are solely responsible for our well-being and therefore, we must use our discretion to choose between the right course of action to stay healthy in the long haul, be it through healthy eating habits, or medication. An on-going study by Global Burden of Disease has found that an unhealthy diet has resulted in one in five deaths globally. Evidently, consuming meagre quantities of food such as fresh and dry fruits, whole grains, pulses, seeds and fish oils; and conversely, a huge intake of salt on a daily basis can lead to a higher chance of life-threatening diseases as well as a potentially early death. 

While the credibility of modern medicine is not being questioned here, it is imperative to treat it as a secondary source to safeguarding one's health, by following a well-planned and monitored diet rich that contain essential nutrients, and more importantly, a large variety of them. Unfortunately, there are many who substitute nutrition-rich foods with vitamin supplements and this has been on an upswing lately, but how well our body absorbs them remains an unanswered question, as research has proven that most supplements fail to dissolve completely in our system that simply adds to the waste produced by it.

The simplest hack to a healthy body, maintaining muscle tissues, as well as the appropriate amount of hormones is striking the right balance between a macro and micro meal. Consuming a meal rich in nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats and vitamins/minerals that are balanced is of prime importance. This includes all the food groups that complement one another i.e. dairy products, oilseeds and nuts, fruits and vegetables as well as grains and pulses in one's daily diet. Meals of such a nature help with the body remaining insulin resistant as well as in preventing the storage of unnecessary fat.

The time has come for us to become more responsible regarding our well-being by embracing healthy eating habits, with nutrition being the number one priority, and focus on progressing towards global wellness.

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Veer Ramlugon

The author is CEO, The Food Analyst.

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